Series: Bound Duet #1
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2017
I want to prove my worth, show them what I have.
I may be flawed; we all are.
But I'm smart, driven, and ready to take on the world.
No one needs to know the rest.
I wasn't counting on him, couldn't imagine someone like him coming into my life.
The blue eyes, the chiseled body, the man I can't resist.
Truthfully, I have no plans of ever resisting him.
He has the carefree, playboy life he wants,
The one he created and refuses to give up.
But he didn't count on me waltzing in and changing everything.
Gray can't deny his passion for me—all parts of me,
Even the truth I try to bury—the flaws he knows I'm hiding.
And trust me, he's imperfect too.
But sometimes, we need more than love—more than we can give.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“…this time, he’d gone too far. He’d lost me.”
Stephie Walls has just put me through the emotional wringer and Freed cannot come quick enough. Stephie Walls is a supremely talented writer and was incredibly brave to put together a story that encompasses quite a lot of peoples top two peeves. If you do not like cheating in any form, this is not the book for you, if you take issue with a broken woman being a doormat, this is not for you either, but I beg you to take a chance, because this book was unputdownable and I inhaled every single word. The angst and the emotion were complete winners for me and while I desperately wanted to batter these two people, many, many, times, their toxic relationship was like crack and I was the junkie who willing went along for the ride.
“It was all part of the façade – the illusion of perfection – because if it looked flawless from the outside, no one would see the fucked-up mess on the inside.”
I am not going to go into details at all, because this was a journey for both characters right from the very beginning and I desperately want everyone to experience the ride for themselves. You need to experience the highs and the lows for yourself because it is this rollercoaster of emotions that makes this the story that it is. There was a lot of anger, but there was a lot of love too, but it is these two opposites that fan the flames.
“You make me feel again, even though some of it’s painful and ever more of it is fear.”
Gray and Annie were soul mates and even after everything that transpired in this book, the hopeless romantic within me wants these two to make it. But, and this is a huge but, sometimes you have to let your head rule. My head tells me that these two are toxic together, without a doubt these two love each other, heart, body and soul but sometimes you can love someone too much. Their love is toxic, the kind that burns like a mother fucker and decimates everything and everyone in its wake. Your heart sees the love that they have for one and other and yet your head and your eyes read the way Gray treats her and has you questioning…does he love her at all? This is not love.
“I looked at him and realized I had only thought my world was complicated before this. I had just added a whole new dimension to the clutter in my life.”
My emotions were in a perpetual quandary reading this book, a constant battle of heart v head, heart v head, heart v head. The emotional battering at the pen of Stephie Walls was masterful and left me a reeling mess by the end. I lived and breathed this journey with Annie and Gray, I experienced those highs, highs that made my heart swell, highs that made me fall hopelessly in love with this couple but then the lows brought that all crashing down in one hopelessly crushed pile of emotions. How can something so good, be so bad?
“I didn’t want you to leave because you believed I needed too much from you. You made it clear what I could expect, and I’d rather have some of you than nothing at all.”
I adored Annie, even though her coping mechanisms left a lot to be desired I understood, a little. Annie’s relationship with Gray, again, I could understand, but I didn’t agree with. Annie was a fiercely independent woman, but her past had left their scars, bone deep ones and it is this connection with her past that had a huge bearing on her present and Gray took advantage of that whether it was intentional or not.
“I want to show you the difference between damage and love.”
I’m still on the fence with Gray, he is still a little bit of an enigma, a Jekyll and Hyde character, and one that I desperately want to understand more. I am sure that he has been economical with the truth or maybe omissions, but there must be something to make him the way he is. There is more to this story or at least I hope there is. Whether these two are right for each other remains to be seen, but I cannot wait for the ride, somehow, I feel that Bound has been a rollercoaster for kids and the big upside down, loop the loop one is still to come with Freed…would Stephie Walls be that cruel?
“…think of me as a partner instead of a crutch.”
I can’t even with this book, what to do? What to say? Gah, it is so frustrating. This is definitely going to be a battle, I know I’m vague, I know I’m rambling, I’m just so bloody confused!!! Heart v head, heart v head, heart v head…dammit, I NEED FREED!!!!!
Releasing May 10
About the Author:
Stephie Walls is a literary whore - she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.